Pakistan Cricket Board have announced that 10 players have tested positive for COVID-19 during a round of tests ahead of the squad assembling for their tour of England.
Pakistan players Tested Positive
Initially three players from Pakistan; Haider Ali, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan. They were revealed to have tested positive; before a further seven names – Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan. Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain. Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz – were added to the list a day later. In addition, one member of support staff, the team masseur Malang Ali, has also tested positive.
None of the 35 players and support staff tested; including the 11 who tested positive; were displaying symptoms before testing according to Pakistan PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan.
Recent Positive Tests Results
“The recent positive tests of some of the fittest athletes; who had not shown any symptoms, clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses,” Khan said in a press statement. “As such, and on behalf of the Pakistan Cricket Board. I once again request the public to strictly adhere to all safety precautions. As advised and recommended by the federal and provincial governments to ensure their health and safety.
“As regards the players; who have tested positive, we will continue to monitor and support them, including conducting antibody tests. As soon as they test negative, they will join the squad in England. At the moment, they have been advised to go into self-isolation. So that they not only recover quickly but also prevent their other family members from being infected.”
Despite the setback, Khan insisted that the tour to England was not under threat; though he confirmed contingency plans were being put together for replacements should more players test positive during later rounds of testing.
“The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule on 28 June. Fortunately, all the first-choice red-ball squad, barring Mohammad Rizwan, are negative; which means they can start training and practicing immediately.
According to the Pakistan Cricket Board; players who have tested negative will undergo a second round of testing; having assembled together in a bio-secure environment in Lahore. Those who test negative a second time will then depart for England. They will then enter a two-week quarantine, as per UK government regulations; during which they will be able to train in a bio-secure environment.
Players who test positive, or have already tested positive, throughout this process will be able to rejoin the squad after they have finished their minimum quarantine period and subsequently returned two negative tests.